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Illuminating Icon, ANTHONY UGOLNIK, RICHARD MOUW

Author:    ANTHONY UGOLNIK, RICHARD MOUW

Title:   Illuminating Icon

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Lightning Source Inc January 2002

ISBN Number:    080284782X / 9780802847829

Seller ID:   96898

A Russian Orthodox growing up in Michigan during the Cold War, Anthony Ugolnik acutely experienced the tension between Americans and Soviets through the end of the last century. His book first calls Christians in the West to re-examine old and entrenched beliefs about Eastern Christians suffering under communism; the West, he says, needs the unique and encouraging perspective brought by this suffering. He strives to translate the Russian experience into the contemporary Western idiom, since words like 'symbol, ' 'liturgy, ' 'church ' and 'theology ' have very different meanings for the Eastern mind. But, as Ugolnik laments, 'the abandonment of passions, particularly political passions, is a hard and sweaty struggle.' Fear, and not mere politics divided Russian and American Christians-a fear unbecoming those called to life in Christ. The very datedness of the book's references to the Cold War throws into relief the timelessness and relevance of its central message: Russian Christians (and now simply substitute Sudanese or Egyptian or Indonesian) can testify to what countless suffering Christians have borne witness through the centuries: Resurrection is only attainable through crucifixion. Whatever our cultural hindrances, we do well to overcome them to grasp that particular witness.

Price = 29.95 USD



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